222w ago - Sony PSP Marketing Manager Kristin Neirinckx has announced today details of a new Limited Edition Gran Turismo PSP Entertainment Pack on the PlayStation Blog, as follows:
As we announced at E3, Gran Turismo, the franchise that has revolutionized the racing category by offering true-to-life graphics and authentic physics technology and design, is coming to the PSP system on October 1.
For the first time, you can take your favorite racing game with you on the go with an unprecedented 800+ car roster from the world's top manufacturers and 35 tracks. Experience the best and most authentic high-speed racing game ever created in the palm of your hand–and it's only possible on the PSP system.
If you're interested in an incredible value and exclusive downloads, be sure to check out the new Limited Edition Gran Turismo PSP Entertainment Pack.
Available at participating retailers on October 20 for $199.99 (MSRP), the entertainment pack will include:
• Mystic Silver PSP-3000 system
• Gran Turismo PSP game on UMD
• PlayStation Network downloadable voucher for a white Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, a color not available in the game and is exclusive to this entertainment pack
• 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo
• PlayStation Network downloadable movie voucher - title TBD
• Sony MusicPass voucher good for 10 downloadable songs - available to U.S. residents only. Choose from hundreds of thousands of your favorite artists from Sony Music Entertainment.
The stand-alone Gran Turismo game will be available in digital and UMD formats on October 1.
For more information on the new Limited Edition Gran Turismo PSP Entertainment Pack, check out the announcement we made today (below). For more information on Gran Turismo, check back regularly at the Gran Turismo Web site.
Press Release: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA ANNOUNCES LIMITED EDITION GRAN TURISMO¬® PSP¬® (PLAYSTATION¬®PORTABLE) ENTERTAINMENT PACK
Consumers Can Now Hit the Road with the Complete Gran Turismo Game on the PSP System
FOSTER CITY, Calif., September 2, 2009 - Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) today announced the availability of the upcoming Limited Edition Gran Turismo¬® PSP¬® (PlayStation¬®Portable) Entertainment Pack on October 20 for $199.99 (MSRP) at participating retailers in the United States and Canada. Developed by Polyphony Digital, Inc. specifically for the PSP system, the launch of Gran Turismo marks the first time the famed racing series is available on PSP.
Blending the high-speed racing action of Gran Turismo with the high caliber entertainment experience of the PSP system, the new entertainment pack features an exclusive PlayStation¬®Network downloadable voucher for a white Chevrolet Corvette ZR1–a color not available in the game and only offered in this hardware package.
The limited edition entertainment pack also includes a "Mystic Silver" PSP-3000 system; Gran Turismo game on UMD¬®; PlayStation Network downloadable movie voucher (title to be announced); a 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo™; and a music voucher good for 10 downloadable songs from Sony MusicPass. A stand-alone version of Gran Turismo will be available on UMD and as a digital download on the PlayStation Network on October 1 for $39.99 (MSRP).
The award-winning Gran Turismo franchise has shipped more than 52 million units worldwide. With its true-to-life graphics and authentic physics technology and design, Gran Turismo features more than 800 vehicle models from the world's top manufacturers and 35 tracks - all this is only possible on the PSP system.
SCEA Launches New Gran Turismo¬® PSP Entertainment Pack
"Gran Turismo is one of the most successful gaming franchises in history, so what better way to mark Gran Turismo's premiere on the PSP system than by offering it with the only portable device that can deliver its rich, true-to-life graphics and unrivaled driving experience," said John Koller, Director, Hardware Marketing, SCEA. "Featuring Polyphony Digital's famed graphical prowess, tons of fun automotive content–including the ability to trade and share vehicles–and an exhilarating racing experience created for the PSP system, Gran Turismo is again poised to take racing games to new heights."
The Limited Edition Gran Turismo Entertainment Pack features a "Mystic Silver" PSP-3000 system, along with the following:
Gran Turismo - Developed exclusively for the PSP system by the internal team of designers and engineers at Polyphony Digital, Gran Turismo features more than 800 vehicle models from the world's top manufacturers (over 4,500 total paint variations) and 35 tracks (60+ total layouts)–including famous world circuits, city courses and other environments.
Seasoned Gran Turismo fans will recognize the depth of content and unparalleled visuals the series is known for, including graphics running at a stunning 60 frames per second. Additionally, a first in the Gran Turismo series is the ability to trade and share unlocked vehicles with others online via ad hoc mode, a feature that is not available in any other racing game on the PSP system. Rated "E" for everyone.
Exclusive car download - Includes an exclusive PlayStation Network voucher to download a white version of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 for Gran Turismo, the same car featured on the cover of the game.
PlayStation Network movie voucher - Consumers can easily download a movie from the PlayStation Network to their PSP system. Title to be announced.
2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo - Leverages the PSP system's multimedia functionality by storing photos, music, videos, and game saves.
Music voucher - Consumers can download 10 free songs onto their PC or Mac using Sony MusicPass. Available to U.S. residents only.
From the hardware to games, videos, music, memory and more for $199.99 (MSRP), all PSP entertainment packs offer incredible value to consumers.
SCEA Launches New Gran Turismo™ PSP Entertainment Pack
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At least they are doing something to draw in more buyers. Gran Turismo is an awesome series and adding that to the PSP library should help boost sales. As X3nophon said though, piracy is a huge issue.
At some point though developers need to look for new ways to give people a reason to buy. To paraphrase Michael Masnick of techdirt, if you connect with fans and give them a reason to buy, you will continue to make money.
The hardest part of that statement for large corporations to understand is that the corporation no longer has the leverage in the situation. There's no longer the monopolies of the past 80 years in media, now the competition is fierce and cross-platform. TV competes with internet competing with console gaming competing with mobile gaming competing with cell phones... it goes on and on.
I just can't understand Sony. First they tried to promote the upcoming PSP Go! as much as possible and announced that the long awaited Gran Turismo will be a "free" extra and now they also put a PSP 3000 bundle with the same game on the market.
In my opinion the PSP Go! is the last chance for Sony to motivate the 3rd Party Developers to keep producing games for the PSP system.
I'm sure Sony took a lot of safety measures as for example making the battery internal, so that homebrew on the PSP Go! won't be possible for a long time. The high rate of piracy was always an argument of the developers to stop producing new games. The most forceful (and of course very risky) way would be to completely remove the old PSP systems from the market and just distribute the new PSP Go!, instead of announcing new bundles for the old ones.
White and a corvette? If not a more interesting selection of promo cars for fans, why not at least better color/s. Nothing like a factory white paint job. A white paint job makes me think a car is a fleet or government car.
At one point wasn't it announced that 4 or 5 different cars were going to be available for promo? I remember a GTR and a Ferrari being among the choices.
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